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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

YOU KNOW YOU'RE A GRAD STUDENT WHEN...

1.) Your lab work space is in a closet (pictures will be coming).

2.) The computer in said work space is a dinosaur (logging in is at least a five minute process).

3.) You've covered four chapters of statistics in seven class periods. And five chapters of epidemiology in six.

4.) Sitting through three hour lectures is the norm.

5.) Naps become scheduled events during your day.

6.) You feel guilty for not reading, studying, or looking over school work when you have some down time. You especially feel guilty for reading TIME, Entertainment Weekly, and, sometimes even, the Washington Post Express.

7.) You're getting up at 5:30am, jumping on the train, and eating breakfast while on the way to school (not eating at home allows for an extra 10-15 minutes of sleep).

8.) You can wear jeans ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!

9.) You get excited at the thought of new pens, markers, and highlighters.

10.) Flashcards are everywhere - on your desk, in your backpack, at the kitchen table, in the bathroom, etc...

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Now, don't get me wrong...I'm enjoying school. But I am overwhelmed by the amount of work and sort of uncomfortable in my lab space where I spend 20 hours a week working on a genetic epidemiology project. All in all, it is good. Mid-terms are in three weeks and my first quiz is next week.

2 comments:

Jill said...

Ah, the memories. Don't worry, it will all be worth it in the end.

Hey, but I bet your closet/lab is a great place to take a nap!! I used to nap regularly during office hours in my grad school TA office and library cubicle.

I esp. agree with #6. Hated the feeling that you had to spend every spare moment studying. Giving up weekends was the worst. After working on weekends for 7 straight years, I now refuse.

Sarah said...

Oh, to wear jeans every day again! I LOVED buying pens in PA school. I am deinitely a pen snob. Somehow, tolerating long lectures is easier with a cool pen. Post pictures of your closet!